Tarun Kapoor is a 1987 batch former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre. He was appointed as an advisor to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi On 2 May 2022. Earlier, Tarun Kapoor was working as the Secretary of Petroleum and Natural Gas in the Government of India. He was appointed as an advisor to the Prime Minister for a two-year term. Tarun Kapoor replaces retired IAS officer Bhaskar Khulbe, whose tenure ended in February 2022.
Tarun Kapoor is a permanent resident of The Kelston Residency, Longwood, Shimla. He did his schooling from Central School, Yol Cantt, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. Later, Tarun Kapoor went to Delhi University to pursue Electrical Engineering.
Hair Color: semi bald
Eye Colour: black
parents and siblings
There is not much information available about his parents and siblings.
wife and children
His wife’s name is Shakti Luther who is an associate professor at HP University.
Tarun Kapoor worked for more than 33 years in various positions in different states of India till 2022. He is a 1987 batch retired IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre. He served as the Deputy Chairman of the Delhi Development Authority before being posted as the Petroleum and Natural Gas Secretary of India. During his tenure in Himachal Pradesh, Tarun Kapoor worked as Additional Chief Secretary in various departments of the state such as Power, Environment and Forests, Food and Civil Supplies, Excise and as Additional Chief Secretary in PWD. In 2011, Tarun Kapoor was appointed as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy on the National Solar Mission, and served in the position until 2016. Later, Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited, a CPSE in the field of hydropower, was under the supervision of Tarun Kapoor. During his tenure as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Renewable Energy, the blueprint was prepared by Tarun Kapoor as part of the Prime Minister’s plan to promote solar energy. Meanwhile, he became popular as the IAS Solar Man. In 2018, Tarun Kapoor was appointed as the Chief Secretary of the State of Himachal Pradesh and Director of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development in the State Government and Deputy Commissioner of Shimla and Chamba districts. He served in these positions till 2021. He also served as the Resident Commissioner of Pangi, the tribal area of Himachal Pradesh. Later, he was appointed as the secretary or principal secretary of the departments of Public Works, Forest and Environment, Excise and Taxation, Food and Supplies. Tarun Kapoor was appointed to design and implement the free LPG cylinder-from-home scheme during the COVID-19 pandemic in India. During this time, he became popular as “Modi’s man”. Reportedly, several national level projects in India were handled by Tarun Kapoor under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A senior official of the ministry said in a media conference,
Kapoor has been close to the PM as a low-profile and old school official whose notes and thoughts never go wrong. He also worked on another pet project of the PM – the development of the city’s gas distribution network under the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) Act, 2006.
In May 2022, Tarun Kapoor was appointed as an advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Facts / Trivia
- Tarun Kapoor is very active on social media platforms. He often posts his pictures on Facebook.
- Soon after Tarun Kapoor was appointed as an advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2 May 2022, an official order was issued by the Union Ministry of Personnel. The order states,
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Kapoor as Advisor to the Prime Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. His post and pay scale will be similar to that of a Secretary to the Government of India and his appointment will be initially for a period of two years from the date of joining.
- Tarun Kapoor served as a government official during the tenure of Dr. Manmohan Singh,